List the publication, reviewer and tells us it was a positive, mixed or negative review.
The Guardian review by Robert McCrum is positive. "A brilliant imitation that's occasionally superior to Ian Fleming's prototype." http://www.theguardi...es-bond-mission
The Standard review by David Sexton is negative. "A rather inattentive novel." "A pretty confusing resolution." "Lame outing."
The Bookseller review by Cathy Rentzenbrink is extremely positive. "An excellent and absorbing spy story."
The Daily Mail review by Geoffrey Wansell is positive. "Boyd brings back the real Bond, triumphantly."
The Telegraph review by Jon Stock is mixed-negative. "The book gets bogged down in an increasingly convoluted plot [though] there's much to enjoy."
The National (Abu Dhabi) review by Nick Leech is negative. "A pedantic, meandering narrative [...] and underwhelming finale." http://www.thenation...l-fails-to-stir
The Independent review by Boyd Tonkin is mostly positive. http://www.independe...yd-8841756.html
The Financial Times review by Ludovic Hunter-Tilney is positive. "Expertly plotted. The twists are genuinely surprising and the chief baddie (a disfigured Rhodesian mercenary who impales his victims on fish hooks) is suitably grotesque." http://www.ft.com/cm...l#axzz2g7wqFfYW
The Scotland Herald review by Hugh Macdonald is very positive. "Glorious [and] meticulously constructed." http://www.heraldsco...n-cape.22249511
David Robinson in the Scotsman approves of the book, though he hasn't really written a review per se. "William Boyd does a superb job." http://www.scotsman....novel-1-3115998 UPDATE: Robinson's actual Scotsman review: http://www.scotsman....-boyd-1-3118330 "One of the great strengths of the new James Bond novel is that his creator could never have written it."
The Express review by David Connett is negative. He gives the book 2 out of 5. "The promised feast fails to satisfy. It is far superior to the last effort to breathe life into a Bond novel by Jeffrey Deaver. Nevertheless it remains a lame affair. At its strongest when Bond is stumbling around Africa, this is anaemic stuff."
The GQ (UK) review by poet(!) and journalist Olivia Cole is positive. (Tho' she mistakenly writes "it's" for "its".) "A compulsively readable thriller. You are in for a thoroughly rewarding, entertaining and ultimately thought provoking fix." http://www.gq-magazi...ond-solo-review
The Sunday Times review by David Mills appears to be extremely positive. The review is behind a firewall. "A terrific twisting thriller." http://www.thesunday...dard-2013_09_30
The Nouse (University of York student newspaper) review by Emily Ross is mixed-negative. She likes the first half, but dislikes the over-complicated second half. Ultimately she finds the novel "unsatisfying". http://www.nouse.co....the-names-boyd/
The other Guardian review, by Richard Williams, is mostly positive.
Edited by glidrose, 02 October 2013 - 09:47 PM.